Vanuatu was hit my a magnitude 7.8 earthquake at about 8:03 this morning (Saipan time), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
There was a magnitude 7.7 quake a little bit North about an hour earlier, says the USGS.
Nearby islands reported small tsunamis: Vanuatu 0.2FT, Dart Coral 0.1 FT and Luganville 0.3 FT. A tsunami warning was sent to a number of islands and a tsunami watch to others including the Northern Marianas. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has canceled the warning and the watch.
I just caught Saipan Writer's post. Evidently the local Emergency Management Office sent a tsunami watch notice to government offices
Here's something scary: "There's quite a crowd has come down to the water's edge to see if there's a wave."
(Upon further reflection, not scary, but nominees for this year's Darwin Award. Ah, they're still in the gene pool, so just an Honorable Mention)
How about these guys? Somali pirates attack French military flagship